Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Let's Talk Books....by Jessica

The last set of books I read was the Ender quartet:



I take after my mother who only likes matte cover books with a pretty picture, so four science fiction books in a row was out of my comfort zone - don't get me wrong I enjoyed them thoroughly but when I told Zack that our ansible net seemed to be strong...I knew it was time to take a science fiction break.

It's been a long time since I've read a book that I couldn't put down and couldn't wait to finish so I could read it all over again. Here's my top five list:

Memoirs of a Geisha. I got so wrapped up in this book, and I'm so glad I read it thinking it was a true story the first go around. I wish I hadn't seen the movie though.


A Fine Balance. I get so involved with the characters every time I read it. I don't want to say too much about it, but if you're needing fluffy and happy...this isn't it.


East of Eden. It took me a few tries to get going, but once I did I couldn't put it down. Once I read this book I got on a classic kick and had a great time reading The Good Earth, Grapes of Wrath, Lord of the Flies, etc.


I Know This Much Is True. It's pretty intense and has some swearing, so close your eyes during those parts.


The Time Travelers Wife. Oh man, I wish I hadn't watched the movie either. It's just so much better to have your imagination make the pictures than Hollywood.


I really need some new favorites, please comment below with your top five choices!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

i have never been in to reading
i do like science fiction
yes i agree movie,s form book r never good
they all ways loss something
bobby

Cadi said...

Oh I'll bring you some books! I loved all of these that you listed so I know you'll like the others that I was just getting ready to donate. Gotta love free books!

jrmcoletti said...

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. You HAVE to read that one Jess!!! One of my favorites...now all you have to do is get Juli to hurry up and read (ha ha) Justine's copy so you can borrow it!

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (LOVE LOVE LOVE it!)

Pride and Prejudice (duh. Sorry I'm so unoriginal. You have read it, right???)

To Kill a Mockingbird

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (you could borrow my copy, but it is currently living at another J's house ;)

Northanger Abbey

The Maltese Falcon

The Joy Luck Club

If I think of more I'll let you know!

P.S. Thanks for the recommendations! I'm always looking for a new book and I love knowing I'm not going to be let down. And I loved Ender's Game too. :)

Juliana said...

Yes, corner of bitter and sweet is precious. I actually did finish it in new york and Ashlee read it....it may be back to its rightful owner....

Justine said...

Hmmm. My shortlist from the top of my head:
Jane Eyre
A Tale of Two Cities
The Good Earth
The rest of my all-time favorite books ate childrens books. What does that say about me?
Little House on the Prairie Series
Anne of Green Gables series

Jess, I've only read one of your favorite books. Shame on me. Can't bring myself to read East of Eden as I couldnt stand steinbeck in school. You like your novels darker than I do. I love "Hotel on the Corner..." and "Guernsey" too, but they are
probably too sweet for you. I recently read 5 quarters of the Orange and Snowflower and the Secret Fan. You might try those. I liked them a lot and not sweet. ;-)

What about the #1 ladies detective books or Jason Bourne books?

Marcella, the next vacation I go on your book is top if my list!

Jessica said...

Thanks for all the recommendations! Some of them do sound too nice for me...Justine know I like em dark. I don't feel satisfied unless I've felt tortured and weepy. I will definitely look into all suggestions though!!! Thx :-)